Originally Posted by pacanis
Can you? I thought you needed special chocolates to bake with. Chocolates that aren't palatable by themselves unless mixed with sugar and such. But then I don't bake. Not sure where I picked up that misinformation...
But the recipe was only for vanilla, right? They didn't say you could substitute other ice creams?
It sounds like you're talking about either cocoa, or unsweetened Baker's chocolate.
Cocoa comes in a powder and you need to add sugar and some sort of fat (usually butter) to it.
Baker's chocolate used to come in small squares that were wrapped in wax paper. It has the fat, but little or no sugar.
Both are unsweetened for a number of reasons (reduce spoilage, minimize bugs, allow one product that could be used in many recipes, etc), not the least of which was to keep it safe from human pilfering. A child only has to bite into a square of Baker's chocolate once to learn it is NOT tasty in that form.
These days everyone bakes with artisan chocolate from cocoa beans grown on at least three different continents and blended by Amazonian wood-sprites, and those are definitely palatable out of the package. Somewhere along the line people decides chocolate was like wine (you shouldn't cook with anything of a quality you wouldn't want to eat). But, you can find the old unsweetened Baker's chocolate if you look for it :D.